Dramatic update in the search for Samantha Murphy: Sleuth group murder cops were monitoring for vital clues is suddenly DELETED more than a week after mum vanished on her morning jog

A community effort to track down missing mother Samantha Murphy is in tatters, with the detective leading the charge to find her suddenly announcing she’s deleting an important Facebook group.

The administrator of ‘Find Samantha Murphy’ – which has attracted thousands of members since the mother-of-three disappeared from her home in East Ballarat on Sunday, February 4 – announced she was removing the group on Monday.

It comes after authorities scaled back the official search for Ms Murphy over the weekend.

Cin Hobbs, who runs the Facebook group, said: ‘This group served its purpose and we were given the chance to delete.

“It’s a big mission on its own because I have to remove every member… the best thing you can do for her is to speed up the process by deleting yourself.”

The administrator of 'Find Samantha Murphy' - which has attracted thousands of members since the mother-of-three disappeared from her home in East Ballarat on Sunday, February 4 - announced she was removing the group on Monday

The administrator of ‘Find Samantha Murphy’ – which has attracted thousands of members since the mother-of-three disappeared from her home in East Ballarat on Sunday, February 4 – announced she was removing the group on Monday

Samantha Murphy, 51, disappeared after going jogging after leaving her home in Ballarat East on February 4

Samantha Murphy, 51, disappeared after going jogging after leaving her home in Ballarat East on February 4

The group was reportedly deleted after personal attacks and infighting took place.

The group had more than 20,000 members last week amid intense speculation about Ms Murphy’s disappearance and citizen efforts to find her.

Writing that she would still be ‘screaming’ for Ms Murphy’s return, Ms Hobbs left followers with a heartfelt message.

“My message is still the same, be kind, it costs nothing, but don’t be so kind that you have nothing to give yourself for self-care,” she wrote.

“Pray for a miracle.”

Ballarat local Ms Hobbs told news.com.au last week she made the Facebook page after a day of disorganized searching.

The organizer said she thought it could help bring information and search efforts together.

Victoria Police is understood to have been monitoring the page for information relevant to its investigation.

Earlier on Monday, Ms Hobbs wrote that running the Facebook search group had come at a “huge cost” to her and her family.

Samantha Murphy, 51, disappeared after going jogging after leaving her home in Ballarat East on February 4.

The group was divided over the presence of a psychic who claimed to know insights into the jogger's whereabouts

The group was divided over the presence of a psychic who claimed to know insights into the jogger’s whereabouts

Despite extensive searches in the bush that Ms Murphy runs into, no trace of her has been found.

The Victoria Police announced on Saturday that the search for the jogger had been scaled down over the weekend after a six-day search.

Senior police said there was no evidence of foul play, but they were keeping an open mind as they tried to solve the case.

That lack of concrete information has helped fuel online speculation with members of the Facebook group divided over the presence of a ‘psychic medium’ who claimed to have insights into Ms Murphy’s whereabouts.

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